Brent Vermeulen earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology-teacher education from Purdue University in 2008. That fall, he began working at Hobart High School in Hobart, Indiana, where he teaches civil engineering and architecture, introduction to engineering design, web design, and computer integrated manufacturing.
Michael Sobczak, a first-year student studying robotics and mechatronics engineering technology in Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Engineering Technology, said that two Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teachers in high school helped develop his passion for robotics, electronics, and the hardware and software used in these fields of study.
Meagan Hughes, a graduate teaching assistant in Purdue Polytechnic’s Department of Computer Graphics Technology, credits Project Lead The Way (PLTW) for sparking her interest in graphics, 3-D modeling, and coding.
Justin Myers, assistant principal of Maconaquah Middle School, graduated from Purdue University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in computer integrated manufacturing technology (CIMT). He began his career in the technology sector but soon realized that his job lacked the social interaction aspect of working with people that he enjoyed. He returned to Purdue to combine his tech talents with his people skills and graduated with a second bachelor’s degree in engineering/technology teacher education (ETTE).
Approaching problem-solving through scientific inquiry is one of the goals of a lesson plan in which student teams construct flying tumblewings from paper and then compete to see which one travels the furthest distance.
Purdue Polytechnic offers technology camps throughout the year, providing high school students the opportunity to come to campus, learn about Polytechnic degree programs, gain hands-on experience, and socialize with other students who have similar interests and aspirations. Check out the camps coming in the next few months.
The School of Construction Management Technology introduced design and construction integration, a new undergraduate major which combines design and construction with project delivery methods. The major is designed to prepare graduates for careers in an industry which is rapidly changing with new technologies and materials.
Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW, and more than 180 teachers attended PLTW Core Training sessions last summer at Purdue's West Lafayette campus. The professional development series for K-12 teachers helps them gain skills to take back to their own classrooms in Indiana and beyond.
The 2017 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Core Training, now underway at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, is offering K-12 teachers professional development in numerous topics in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Purdue’s annual Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Core Training, a professional development opportunity for K-12 teachers, has moved to West Lafayette for the first time.